America and the Americas: The United States in the Western by Lester D. Langley

By Lester D. Langley

In this thoroughly revised and up to date variation of the US and the Americas, Lester D. Langley covers the lengthy interval from the colonial period into the twenty-first century, offering an interpretive advent to the background of U.S. kinfolk with Latin the USA, the Caribbean, and Canada. Langley attracts at the different books within the sequence to supply a extra richly distinctive and knowledgeable account of the function and position of the us within the hemisphere. within the procedure, he explains how the U.S., in appropriating the values and symbolism pointed out with “America,” has attained a different position within the minds and estimation of different hemispheric peoples.

Discussing the formal buildings and diplomatic postures underlying U.S. coverage making, Langley examines the political, monetary, and cultural currents that frequently have pissed off inter-American development and accord. most crucial, the larger awareness given to U.S. kinfolk with Canada during this variation offers a broader and deeper realizing of the customarily debatable position of the state within the hemisphere and, rather, in North America.

beginning with the French-British fight for supremacy in North the USA within the French and Indian struggle, Langley frames the tale of the yank adventure within the Western Hemisphere via 4 specific eras. within the first period, from the 1760s to the 1860s, the elemental personality of U.S. coverage within the hemisphere and American values approximately different international locations and peoples of the Americas took shape. within the moment period, from the 1870s to the Thirties, the us formed a continental after which a Caribbean empire. From the mid-1930s to the early Sixties, the paramount problems with the inter-American event on the topic of the worldwide drawback. within the ultimate a part of the booklet, Langley info the efforts of the USA to hold out its political and financial schedule within the hemisphere from the early Nineteen Sixties to the onset of the twenty-first century, purely to be annoyed by means of governments decided to stick to an self sufficient path. Over greater than 250 years of come upon, even though, the peoples of the Americas have created human bonds and cultural exchanges that stand in sharp distinction to the formal and sometimes conflictive hemisphere crafted by means of governments.

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